Using headphones with Marshall DSL5CR


Dear Marshall,
Yesterday I got my Marshall DSL5CR Amp V010A4469E 03-18.
Please advice how I should use the headphones with this Amp for a "silent" practice? According to a manual I should disconnect the speaker cable from the rear panel and connect the headphones to an Emulated out port. But it is so unusual to use a valve amplifier without a load of speaker.
For example, according to a manual for DSL5C (maybe previous model):
IMPORTANT OPERATIONAL NOTE: With all-valve amplifiers it is imperative that the amp is connected to a load whilst in operation and that the impedance output on the amp matches the total impedance of the speaker cabinet being used.

asked 13 May 2018 at 09:50 AM

Sergey Zvonarev (1)
Hi Sergey,
It's true, I connected the headphones to the emulated output, after disconnecting the speaker, but the sound is really bad. Which kind of headphones do you use?
I used the AKG 240 KII, and you?
- Dario Canalis 22 May 2018 at 07:47 PM
Hello, Dario!

I use Sehnheiser HD 280 Pro.
Local retailer said the sound is bad because the amp is valve-based. Digital amps have better sound
- Sergey Zvonarev 24 May 2018 at 04:30 PM
Hello, Sergey
it's the sound of Marshall satisfying for you with the Sehnheiser HD 280 Pro headphones?
I also have a blackstar ht5hr amplifier and I feel great with the akg headphones and it's also a tube amp!
Maybe I have to find the headphones suitable for that emulated exit?
I also added a headphone amplifier to increase the volume, but the sound is still bad !!
What do you think about that?
Thank you
- Dario Canalis 24 May 2018 at 07:31 PM

The sound in my headphones is bad too.
I think there is nothing to do about that. Maybe next century Marshall would be able to design a tube amp with good sound in the headphones ;)
- Sergey Zvonarev 25 May 2018 at 01:09 PM
Answers: 3


You can leave the speaker plugged in.

answered 07 Sep 2018 at 10:24 AM



Hello Sergey,

Regarding your question, there is an internal load for the output so it is safe to do so.


Kind Regards

Marshall Support

answered 15 May 2018 at 08:03 AM

Hallo, and would it be possible to use the emulated line out connected to a headphone or to a PC, mixer or audio device, without disconnecting the external or internal speaker? thanks. - Roberto ACErob71 06 Sep 2018 at 12:01 PM



is there any difference if low watt mode is on or off when plugging in headphones or connecting for recording with/without speaker connected? I mean if it's matter if low watt mode is on or it's not required for unplug speaker for silent mode?

answered 19 Feb 2019 at 08:28 PM

Kamil Banul
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